In the last few years, researchers have spent a lot more time focusing on mushrooms. They are the only plant source that naturally contains Vitamin D and they are one of few plants that contain selenium, a nutrient generally found in meats. Despite having these 2 super nutrients, mushrooms contain very few calories and are rich in fiber so they are perfect for helping us get full without promoting weight gain. It’s often recommended to make sure your plate is … continued…

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Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD

Today is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day so I thought it would be a great day to talk about exercise as it relates to pregnancy. While this may not apply specifically to those of you who are not currently pregnant, it is great to be aware of these recommendations so that you can share them with friends and family members. In the past, pregnant women were not encouraged to exercise because the risks were unknown, but times have definitely … continued…

Fitness Judy Eggebeen

The farmers markets are filled with an abundance of kale this time of year. Convinced I did not like raw kale (although I’m a fan of cooked kale), I’ve been ignoring the kale salads I’ve seen. After sampling a delicious version at a gourmet grocery, it turns out that I do enjoy eating raw kale. I read up on it and the trick is in kneading the finely cut kale with a tiny bit of olive oil, a bit of … continued…

Flank Steak with Kale Salad
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

I love the natural combination of apples and cheddar–sweet and salty, crunchy and smooth. I decided to make up this apple slaw with mango chutney (easy to find at the grocery store) and added mint, which I have in abundance. The resulting slaw is so good my family was eating it as a side dish instead of heaping it onto their burgers. So my advice–make extra slaw! Either way, with these flavors, no one will miss the burger buns. Prep … continued…

Apple Cheddar Burger
Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Summer Grilling

As our schedules get busier and kids head back to school, it’s important to think about how to simplify life. As a Mom of 2 toddlers, a wife, and a pediatric dietitian I often feel like my head might spin off – I’m sure many of you can relate! Feeling overwhelmed can often lead us to make poor food choices. This may be due to stress eating or just not having the time to plan meals and grocery shop. Try … continued…

Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

As a parent I get really frustrated when I make a great, healthy meal and my kids won’t touch it. I’m sure I’m not alone in this frustration but one way to help tackle this is to get kids involved in the kitchen and start at a young age. This gives them a sense of ownership and increases their willingness to try new things. It might take a bit of extra time but it is worth the effort. Working in … continued…

Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

I talked about honey before as a super-food but it is such an amazing food I decided it deserved it’s own post! Honey can be used in food, soaps, skin care products, and even cough suppressants. Did you know there are over 300 different varieties of honey in the United States? The color and flavor of honey is based on the source of the nectar – clover, orange blossom, wild flowers, and buckwheat to name a few.   Raw or … continued…

Gardening Jenny Kramer, RD Natural Farming

The flavors of stuffed cabbage are a comfort to me – but the many prep steps… not so much. So I broke the recipe down into its parts, cooked it up as a one-dish meal and made it simple and delicious. This is so good, I know people who think they don’t like cabbage will like it. And it just seems to feed an army. Make some, freeze half, and you’ve got another meal for later in the month. Prep … continued…

Unstuffed Cabbage
Barb Freda Cool Weather Cooking Entertaining Ideas Healthy, Delicious Recipes Heart Healthy

This month my kids are crazy busy with back to school, after school activities, homework and new routines. But after a wonderful summer of swimming, traveling and lazy days, they still like to hang onto the fun by talking about it. As a family, we often find ourselves reminiscing at the dinner table or commenting about how we’d really like to be on vacation right now. This year, I decided it might be nice for my kids to have a … continued…

Pam Freeman

It is not a secret that obesity rates in our country have been on the rise. Many people do not think there is anything they can do to really have a big impact on the obesity epidemic, but I am here to try and change that way of thinking! One of the best ways we can change the obesity patterns in our country is to start with our kids. September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, so let’s take this … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits Judy Eggebeen